History Literature / LunarChronicles

10th Oct '17 3:46:26 PM JoieDeCombat
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* UncannyValley: In universe, Cinder gets uncomfortable reactions from those around her once she's "outed" as a cyborg and the need to make greater use of her abilities prompts her to casually open up her prostheses to adjust wires or use her brain implant to link herself to a machine.
** Also, [[spoiler: when Cinder's Lunar abilities begin to show, they show extremely strong and uncontrolled, having been suppressed for many years and hence never trained by Cinder. It results in a sometimes extreme Glamour, which Kai states that it outright ''hurts'' to look at.]]
5th May '17 10:20:36 PM Anddrix
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''The Lunar Chronicles'' by Marissa Meyer are a quartet of fairytale retellings with a sci-fi spin on them. The books in the series are ''Literature/{{Cinder|ella}}'', ''[[Literature/LittleRedRidingHood Scarlet]]'', ''[[Literature/{{Rapunzel}} Cress]]'' and ''[[Literature/SnowWhite Winter]]''. There is also the prequel, ''Fairest'', which is the story of the wicked queen, Levana. It is recommended that ''Fairest'' be read after ''Cress'', since the prequel reveals the queen's plots that are discovered in the first three books.

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''The Lunar Chronicles'' by Marissa Meyer ''Creator/MarissaMeyer'' are a quartet of fairytale retellings with a sci-fi spin on them. The books in the series are ''Literature/{{Cinder|ella}}'', ''[[Literature/LittleRedRidingHood Scarlet]]'', ''[[Literature/{{Rapunzel}} Cress]]'' and ''[[Literature/SnowWhite Winter]]''. There is also the prequel, ''Fairest'', which is the story of the wicked queen, Levana. It is recommended that ''Fairest'' be read after ''Cress'', since the prequel reveals the queen's plots that are discovered in the first three books.
12th Apr '17 8:36:17 AM Doodler
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!!''Stars Above'' provides examples of:
* {{Backstory}}: The various stories dramatize important events that had previously been background material for the four girls as well as Ze'ev, Jacin, Michelle, Iko, and Thorne.
* BecauseYouWereNiceToMe: The aristocracy of Luna pretty much treats servants as furniture, mind-controlling them into following commands rather than even asking, using them as puppets for amusement, or pretending they don't exist. Winter treats them kindly and politely, leading to the people adoring her.
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: Mech 6.0's alias as a human is "Hoshi Star". Hoshi is Japanese for star. The foreman double takes but lets it slide.
* DiedHappilyEverAfter: [[spoiler:Star's escort body finally fails her, but she doesn't mind as her death frees her and lets her feel as infinite and majestic as the stars she's loved her whole life.]]
* DrivenToMadness: In her short story, we see Winter begin to succumb to Lunar sickness due to refusing to use her gift.
* EvilCannotComprehendGood: Levana just can't understand how everyone loves Winter, and concludes it's because of her beauty and if she's scarred it'll fade. In reality, people love Winter for being kind and refusing to control them as the rest of the aristocracy do.
* FairytaleMotifs: Star's story is basically a sci-fi ''Literature/TheLittleMermaid''. An android, different and more curious than her peers, risks it all to become human enough to woo the man she loves, even losing her voice, [[spoiler:but ultimately realizes he loves another and dies. However, having loved someone, she's grown enough to gain a soul so she can live on after death.]]
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: Star's story in a nutshell. [[spoiler:She goes to extreme lengths and risks death just to get a locket back to the man she loves, but ultimately realizes that he has no feelings for her and gives it up, along with her chance to get a functioning body, so he can be with the one he loves]].
* LoveImbuesLife: While she always had a "faulty personality chip" and was more aware than her peers, Star's first steps into true sapience begins when she starts having feelings for Daratan.
* MyBelovedSmother: Genderflipped. Thorne's father was very controlling of him from a very young age, to the point where Thorne was seeking out financial independence by thirteen.
* MyOwnPrivateIDo: [[spoiler:Scarlet and Ze'ev's]] wedding happens a few days before the official date so she can have a quiet ceremony with her friends rather than a huge media fiasco.
17th Mar '17 3:40:28 PM Doodler
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* TheDogBitesBack: Levana's entire reign comes back to bite her hard in this book. Lunar civilians, her soldiers, [[spoiler:even her wolf packs]] turn on her less out of a loyalty to Cinder and more because she was such a tyrant they were glad to be rid of her.



* DramaPreservingHandicap: Cinder's cyborg brain is damaged before the climax, meaning she cannot count on it to save her from Levana.
* EarnYourHappyEnding: [[spoiler:It's a lot of work, a lot of death, a lot of pain, and a lot of heartbreak, but the plague is ended, the Luna Earth war is ended, the people of Luna are freed, and all the protagonists end well.]] Of all the fairy tale quotes used in the books, the traditional HappilyEverAfter at the end was never more appropriate or well-earned.
* FreakinessShame: Wolf ends up further mutilated by Levana, but Scarlet doesn't care.



* GlamourFailure: Cinder's cyborg brain can see through Lunar glamours. [[spoiler:Once her true face is exposed to all of Luna, Levana is so devastated that she can't keep it up]].
* TheGuardsMustBeCrazy: Invoked. Guards on Luna are deliberately selected to be as weak and mindless as possible so it would be easier for a superior to force them to take a bullet for them. As a result, even Lunar civilians can control them.
* IDidWhatIHadToDo: Cinder realizes early on that people will have to die for the rebellion to succeed, and makes her peace with it.
* ItsAllJunk: Inverted. [[spoiler: Cinder ends the book by dropping her first ever cyborg foot into the lake. She hated the foot and everything it represented, making this cathartic to her rather than sad.]]




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* WarIsHell: While the revolution was necessary, it's also incredibly bloody and very traumatizing to everyone who went through it.
19th Sep '16 9:33:44 PM apprenty
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##''The Princess and the Guard'' (should be read after Winter) [[spoiler: Winter and Jacin play a game that helps them through mutual hardships.]]

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##''The Princess and the Guard'' (should be read after Fairest or Winter) [[spoiler: Winter and Jacin play a game that helps them through mutual hardships.]]
12th Sep '16 10:16:06 AM JoieDeCombat
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* BadMoonRising: The moon gives people on Earth the creeps, because it's no longer just a big piece of rock in the sky, but an advanced nation of [[TheFairFolk Fae]] that “evolved” wfrom humans. Knowing a permanent fixture in your sky is home to a colony that can nuke you whenever they want is enough to scare anyone. The fact that they can also mind control you doesn't help much.

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* BadMoonRising: The moon gives people on Earth the creeps, because it's no longer just a big piece of rock in the sky, but an advanced nation of [[TheFairFolk Fae]] that “evolved” wfrom from humans. Knowing a permanent fixture in your sky is home to a colony that can nuke you whenever they want is enough to scare anyone. The fact that they can also mind control you doesn't help much.



* EarlyBirdCameo: The computer hacker with RapunzelHair who warns Cinder about [[spoiler: Kai's impending murder]] is implied to be Cress, the heroine of the upcoming third book.

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* EarlyBirdCameo: The computer hacker with RapunzelHair who warns Cinder about [[spoiler: Kai's impending murder]] is implied in the first book turns out to be Cress, who becomes the heroine of the upcoming third book.
12th Sep '16 10:12:54 AM JoieDeCombat
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** [[spoiler: The plan for which requires that Kai, upon being "released" by his "kidnappers," to beg Levana to marry him ''again''. This time, not only is he forced to go through with the marriage, but also formally crowns her empress.]]

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** [[spoiler: The plan for which requires that Kai, upon being "released" by his "kidnappers," to beg Levana to marry him ''again''. This time, not only is he forced to go through with the marriage, marriage (during ''Winter''), but also formally crowns her empress.empress. However, she doesn't live long enough after the coronation to take advantage.]]
11th Sep '16 11:33:52 PM 12freddofrogs
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*** Or possibly to ensure that [[ImmunetoMindControl Cress]] didn't gain access to a weapon.
29th Jun '16 6:50:11 PM istalkpeopleforfun
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* ElectronicEyes: Cinder's bionic eyes allow her to see through lunar Glamours



* TrueSight: Cinder's bionic eyes allow her to see through lunar Glamours
29th Jun '16 6:33:26 PM istalkpeopleforfun
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* TrueSight: Cinder's bionic eyes allow her to see through lunar Glamours
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